William Robert Allenby

Programme Coordinator Cabaret, Senior Lecturer, Vocal tutor

William Robert Allenby


William Robert Allenby won an Associated Board Entrance Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1986. He has since forged a significant solo career in the world of cabaret, opera, musicals, radio/TV and latterly teaching and lecturing.

Careers highlights include; Star singer ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC  Radio 2, Headline Act on leading cruise lines in over 400 performances of his own one-man shows, guest artist with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, appearances in International Tours of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Westend International and the Really Useful Group, concerts and recitals in New York, Italy, France and London and appearances in cabaret and variety shows in theatres and comedy clubs around the UK.

In addition to his commitments at the University of Chichester Conservatoire, Will is also a regular vocal coach for singers in the west end, an external assessor in performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and gives regular masterclasses and workshops. Recent masterclasses include; Royal Opera Covent Garden, Polish National Opera Young Artists programme in Warsaw, University of York and   Musical Theatre workshops with westend Musical Director Dr Stuart Morley.

In the Royal Academy of Music 2020 honours list, William was awarded the ARAM for his significant contribution to the music profession.


ARAM (Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music) honorary award for services to music

FRSA (Fellow Royal Society of the Arts)

MISM (Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians)

AOTOS member (Association of Teachers of Singing)

Responsible for the development of all Cabaret Performance degree routes and module leader, assessor and programme coordinator.


The Travelling Trickster (MagicScene)-Contributor

International and National reviews of my performance work including; The New York Times, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Opera Magazine, Opera N


My Masters research was in work-based learning with a particular interest in innovative curriculum development in the performing arts.

Other department members

Drew Varley
Lecturer in Cabaret (Dance) Associate Lecturer in Musical Theatre Triple Threat (Dance)

Drew trained at Bridget Espinosa’s London Studio Centre and on graduating, has performed and held numerous positions within the dance and musical theatre industry.

Paula OSullivan
Associate Lecturer – Vocal Tutor

Paula teaches a variety of genres of singing, both privately and in academic settings, and combines with Choir Directing and performing to build a busy musical life.

Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely
Associate Lecturer in Music — Vocal Tutor

Ian has appeared at London Coliseum, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Opera Holland Park, The Round House, Royal Albert Hall, The Lyric Theatre, The Bloomsbury, The Apollo Theatre (Shaftsbury Avenue),  The Warehouse, Il Duomo (Florence), Rome (various venues), Arcola Theatre, and many more.

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